Marine Systems

IYRS has the top Marines Systems School In Rhode Island

Marine Systems | Accredited 6 month program 
Meets Monday through Thursday, 8 am-5 pm 
Enrolls in September & March

We are currently accepting applications for the March 2024 Marine Systems program. Apply here.

Transform your passion for boating into a rewarding, in-demand career. The ACCSC-accredited Marine Systems program will prepare you to seamlessly enter the marine industry as a systems technician in just 6 months. 

In this program, you will learn the theory and technologies of both stand-alone and fully-integrated boat systems and the inner workings of a powerboat down to the most meticulous details. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to install, repair, and troubleshoot everything from diesel and outboard engines to electrical systems to plumbing, computer-based electronics, and hydraulics. 

Students will build working simulation panels from the ground up which contain all of the systems on a powerboat and will prepare for and take valuable American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), National Marine Electronic Association (NMEA), and Yamaha certifications as part of the program: 

  • ABYC Marine Electrical Certification
  • ABYC Marine Systems Certification
  • ABYC Diesel Engine Certification
  • NMEA Basic Marine Electronics Installer
  • Basic NMEA 2000 Installer
  • Yamaha Introduction to Outboard Systems

This immersive, nationally accredited program prepares students with a wide range of skills for in-demand maritime careers.

IYRS is proud to announce that The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation has designated the IYRS Marine Systems program a Marine Trades Accreditation Program (MTAP).

IYRS is the only post-secondary school to receive the new accreditation to date. MTAP ensures educational training is aligned with industry needs. Educational programs are reviewed for accreditation by industry professionals and include an on-site visit.

“The onsite review team was impressed with the level of organization displayed by administration, but also with the attention the faculty members gave to their students. These students start with basic wiring and work their way up to complex systems by the end of the six-month program. We witnessed excellent training at the facility and feel confident the students who graduate from the IYRS program will be assets to the marine industry,”  says Sarah Devlin, ABYC’s Accreditation Director.

Explore the Marine Systems Program

Request Information


Lyman-Morse | Marine Systems Alumni at Work

IYRS faculty member using a screw driver on an electric board
IYRS students hard at work at their benches
IYRS student wearing safety equipment and holding tools while working on a machine
IYRs student observing his instructor work on a project
close up of a piece of equipment
IYRS using a screw driver to work on an assignment
2 men using a blow torch on a piece of metal
close up of wires connecting to each other


  • Electrical & Electronic Systems
  • Steering (Mechanical & Hydraulic)
  • Marine Pumps
  • Fuel Systems
  • Diesel & Outboard Engines
  • LPG Systems
  • A/C and Refrigeration
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Basic Fiberglass


  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Teamwork & Communication
  • Time Management

Recent Employers


Newsweek named IYRS one of the Best Maker Schools in the world for 2021. Winners of this prestigious award are institutions of higher education that have curricula that encourages learning by doing; are supported by educators committed to collaborative problem-solving; have well-developed makerspaces, labs, and studios; and which support diverse, interactive communities that engage in knowledge and skill sharing.

The award highlights institutions with innovative programs that demonstrate the ingenuity and community engagement that are hallmarks of the maker movement.